Paul Ryan Reproached Matt Gaetz

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 03: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan with Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The reports this week some members of the House of Representatives did not wish to be in the same camera lens coverage with Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz must be resonating for the former Speaker.

It was reported by CNN that Gaetz was not only a pain in the rear-end for the GOP leadership, but actually was acting so out-of-bounds that then-House Speaker Paul Ryan had to take action. He held a short meeting with Gaetz in the Capitol during the Florida Congressman’s first term in 2017. They reportedly had a discussion about “acting professionally while in Congress”. It needs to be noted that two sources provided that nugget to the all-news network.

My personal take on this matter cuts right to the core. Would not the very fact a person runs for and wins a congressional seat mean they have the professional behavior and foundations already in place? After all, voters hope that “acting professionally” is already a given once elected. But then to act in such a fashion as to create a need to be reproached by the Speaker to ‘up your game’ must have been a real blow. (Yet, one that clearly was required.)

The Justice Department is investigating whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and potentially violated federal laws against sex trafficking in the process, as we know from the reporting by The New York Times.

Voters need to be mindful of the brash and rude who ask for political support. If not careful they can elect a Matt Gaetz.

And so it goes.